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    1. Chicago, IL
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      An uplifting, inspiring call to loving kindness!
      January 4, 2012
      NewChristianBooks
      Chicago, IL
      Age: 35-44
      Gender: female
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      Life can change in an instant. Some folks say that while waiting for the other shoe to drop, or in response to unforeseen circumstances. But this book challenges readers to be intentional about creating those moments, where you can with a word, touch or deed, change someone else's life for the better.

      In this inspiring book, Compassion International President and CEO Wess Stafford strings together poignant stories like beads. Perhaps the most beautiful and heart-wrenching of the tales he tells is his own—sufferings that might have made another man bitter have made Stafford compassionate, yet a warrior for justice, especially when it comes to children.

      He asks the searching question: "Who believed in you before you believed in yourself?" Remembering moments when someone encouraged us or believed in us, Stafford writes, should inspire us to do the same for someone else—especially a child.

      There are no chance encounters, Stafford writes, noting that "if God stands a child before you, for even just a minute, it is a divine appointment." A small word or deed of encouragement to a child might change the trajectory of their life, he argues, telling "key childhood moments" stories of famous people from John Wesley to Albert Einstein. He also shares some beautiful moments where he found himself at a "divine appointment." (He shares one of the best stories from the book in a YouTube video -here's the link, as it is definitely worth "just a minute" of your time: http://dld.bz/aBKj8

      Stafford's message is simple: it only takes a moment to show love and compassion to a child, and that moment might be a significant one—perhaps changing a child's destiny. He encourages readers to look for opportunities to change a life in "just a minute" of their time.
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